First-round Bengals draft pick from 2007 played his ninth Cincinnati season in 2015 ... Filled multiple roles, seeing action at CB, nickel CB and S ... Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis, which included 19-yard INT return for TD ... With two INTs on the season, moved into fourth place all-time for Bengals (26) ... Ranked fourth on ’15 team in passes defensed (nine) ... Has 121 career Bengals games played and 105 starts, plus three more starts in postseason play ... 129 career passes defensed.
Career transactions: Selected by Cincinnati in first round of 2007 NFL Draft (18th overall) ... Signed with Bengals on 7-28-07 ... Signed contract extension with Bengals on 9-2-11.
2015 general: Played in 14 games (Games 1-5, 7-11, 13-16), with four starts, and started in Wild Card playoff as nickel DB ... Inactive for Games 6 and 12 (back) ... Had 56 tackles, two INTs and nine total passes defensed.
2015 game-by-game: On Sept. 20 vs. San Diego, tackled WR Keenan Allen short of the goal line on a two-point conversion try, preserving 24-19 Bengals lead in fourth quarter, and had four tackles and one pass defensed for the game ... On Sept. 27 at Baltimore, logged three tackles, including a stop for no gain against receiver Michael Campanaro at the Bengals two on a third-down play in the fourth quarter, forcing FG attempt (successful) that left Bengals still leading 14-10 ... On Oct. 11 vs. Seattle, forced to leave game in second quarter due to back strain ... On Nov. 1 at Pittsburgh, was second on the team with six tackles and tied for the lead in passes defensed (two) ... On Nov. 5 vs. Cleveland, logged two tackles and had a third-down pass defensed that forced a punt ... On Nov. 22 at Arizona, ended Cardinals’ first possession with INT of Carson Palmer pass at Bengals’ 35, and had six tackles ... On Nov. 29 vs. St. Louis, earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week award for performance that included 19-yard INT return for TD in third quarter, a fourth-down pass defensed in fourth quarter and six tackles ... Five tackles on Dec. 20 at San Francisco and on Dec. 28 at Denver ... Two tackles and a pass defensed in Wild Card playoff on 1-9-16 vs Pittsburgh.
A rare dual recovery: Hall has a claim for an unofficial NFL “first” — first player to return to a prominent lineup position with two Achilles tears in his history. He suffered a left Achilles tear in Game 9 of 2011 but was ready for the ’12 season opener and started 14 games for the year. And in Game 7 of 2013, he sustained a right Achilles tear but was ready for the ’14 opener, going on to start 15 games. When head coach Marvin Lewis was asked whether he could recall another player putting two such injuries behind him so completely, Lewis said, I don’t know that there’s been history of that.” After beating the timeline for his expected return in 2012, Hall was named the Bengals team recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, sponsored by league athletic trainers.
Previous seasons: 2007—Played in every Bengals game as a rookie, with 10 starts, and led team with five INTs, tying Bengals rookie record set previously by S Tommy Casanova, CB Ray Horton and LB Odell Thurman ... Also tied for NFL’s ’07 rookie lead in INTs ... Ranked fourth on Bengals in tackles (career-best 85), leading secondary ... Started in NFL debut Sept. 10 vs. Baltimore, subbing for injured RCB Johnathan Joseph, and had five tackles and two passes defensed ... Snagged first NFL INT on Sept. 23 at Seattle, against Matt Hasselbeck. 2008—Posted team-best totals of 26 passes defensed and three INTs ... Led DBs in tackles (84) for the second straight year ... Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for performance Dec. 21 at Cleveland, when he made all three of his INTs, tying Bengals game record, and scored on a 50-yard return ... His TD return at Cleveland gave Bengals a 7-0 lead on a cold, blustery day when offensive scores were tough to come by (Bengals won 14-0). 2009—Tied for team lead with career-high six INTs, tied for second in AFC, as Bengals won AFC North title ... Led team in passes defensed (career-high 27) ... Two forced fumbles ... Had the most special teams tackles (seven) of any regular starter ... On Oct. 4 at Cleveland, forced a Jerome Harrison fumble that teammate Robert Geathers returned 75 yards for a TD ... On Oct. 25 vs. Chicago, had two INTs (48 yards in returns) ... On Dec. 13 at Minnesota, intercepted a Brett Favre pass ... Logged his sixth INT on Dec. 27 vs. Kansas City, with leaping grab at Bengals’ 19 to kill Chiefs’ last offensive threat as Bengals clinched division title ... Posted seven tackles in Wild Card playoff on 1-9-10 vs. N.Y. Jets. 2010—On Sept. 19 vs. Baltimore, intercepted a Joe Flacco pass in third quarter, with 22-yard return ... Recorded INT in second straight game on Sept. 26 at Carolina, picking off Jimmy Clausen at Bengals five to thwart Carolina scoring threat ... Recorded an INT in his third straight game Oct. 3 at Cleveland, intercepting Seneca Wallace in second quarter at Cleveland 37 ... Six tackles, four passes defensed (Bengals game-high for the season) and an INT Oct. 24 at Atlanta. 2011—Despite missing final seven games due to injury, ranked tied for second on team in both INTs (two) and passes defensed (10) ... Missed Games 10-16 due to left Achilles tear suffered Dec. 13 vs. Pittsburgh ... Injury brought end to streaks of 74 consecutive games played (including postseason) and 66 starts ... His fourth-quarter INT helped seal Bengals win Oct. 16 vs. Indianapolis. 2012—Started 14 games at RCB (Games 1-2 and 5-16) ... Inactive for Games 3-4, due to a calf strain ... Kept improving as he distanced himself from 2011 Achilles injury and made big plays down the stretch ... His INT turned momentum in Week 14 win at Philadelphia, as his 44-yard return of a Nick Foles pass set up go-ahead TD in third quarter ... His 17-yard pick-six off Ben Roethlisberger in Week 15 at Pittsburgh was Bengals’ only TD in playoff-clinching 13-10 win ... In Wild Card playoff on 1-5-13 at Houston, scored on 21-yard INT return of Matt Schaub pass to give Bengals 7-6 lead in second quarter ... By scoring, he became one of only two Bengals players to score a defensive TD in postseason (joined Neal Craig, who had a 45-yard INT return for a TD at Miami in 1973) ... Also at Houston, posted 13 tackles. 2013—Started five games (Games 1-3 and 6-7) at RCB ... Inactive for Games 4-5, due to hamstring strain ... Suffered Achilles injury in first quarter of Game 7, Oct. 20 at Detroit, and placed on Reserve/Injured list prior to Game 8 ... Was tied for team lead in passes defensed through the six games he fully played ... Intercepted an Aaron Rodgers pass at Bengals five during fourth-quarter comeback on Sept. 22 vs. Green Bay, and had three total passes defensed. 2014—Started at RCB in Games 1-8 and 10-16, and inactive for Game 9 (concussion) ... Also started Wild Card playoff ... In regular season, logged 67 tackles (two for-loss), an INT, eight passes defensed and one QB hit ... On Sept. 14 vs. Atlanta, his INT of deflected Matt Ryan pass set up TD drive for 24-3 lead ... Had six tackles and pass defensed Dec. 7 vs. Pittsburgh ... Three tackles and QB hit Dec. 22 vs. Denver ... Had six tackles (one for-loss) and pass defensed Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh ... Two tackles and pass defensed in Wild Card playoff on 1-4-15 at Indianapolis.
College: Played four seasons (2003-06) at Michigan, and was a consensus ’06 All-American ... Left Wolverines with school record for career passes defensed (43) and ranked tied for fourth in INTs (12) ... Was finalist as a senior for NCAA’s Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back) and Bronko Nagurski Trophy (top defensive player) ... Set UM record with 83-yard fumble return (for TD) as a junior in 2005.
Personal: Hometown is Vista, Calif. ... Played CB, WR and QB at Vista High School, earning All-America honors from SuperPrep and PrepStar, and also lettered in track ... Married (wife Jessica) with three children (Leon Jr., Christien Blake and Graham Alexander) ... General studies major at Michigan ... Active in community service with Bengals, and has established the Leon Hall Foundation ... Favorite hobbies are golf and traveling.
Bengals CB Leon Hall Wednesday was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week by the NFL for his performance in last week’s victory over St. Louis.
Leon Hall, the Bengals throwback cornerback who doesn’t have a Twitter account or dabble on Facebook, talks about himself in the missing person instead of the nauseating third or the relentless first.